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Wendie Malick Celebrates Publication of First Book by HSUS President Wayne Pacelle on National Town Hall Telephone Call

NEW YORK – Actress Wendie Malick, star of the hit TV show Hot in Cleveland, will join Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States on a call as part of the launching of his first book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Malick and Pacelle will speak to tens of thousands of Humane Society of the United States members on Tuesday.

Malick will share her impressions of the book, and Pacelle will update participants on recent HSUS efforts to protect animals and answer questions about his book and ongoing tour, which will include a book signing at the flagship Barnes & Noble store at Union Square on April 21. Pacelle signed books at the Barnes & Noble at Smith Haven Mall on April 6.

Malick has long supported the work of The HSUS. She appears in a national television spot and recently presented an award at The HSUS’ 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards, held at the Hyatt Regency Plaza in Los Angeles. That event will air as a TV special on Animal Planet on April 30.

In a narrative both sobering and uplifting, The Bond argues that humans have an instinctive connection with animals––a connection Pacelle has felt acutely for as long as he can remember. In America, we have more than 170 million dogs and cats in our homes, and there are 70 million wildlife watchers. Together these animal lovers spend more than $100 billion a year on pets and wildlife.

The book looks at the biological, social, and political underpinnings of the human–animal bond, and examines our newfound understanding of animals and their emotional and cognitive capacities. Readers also learn where and how the bond has been broken. Pacelle takes readers to a shuttered slaughter plant in California and an enormous egg factory farm, setting the stage for his account of a landmark ballot initiative in California to halt the extreme confinement of animals raised for food. He visits Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas to speak with then-disgraced football star Michael Vick as he closed out his 18-month sentence after a very public conviction for dogfighting. Pacelle also paints a portrait of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which awakened America to the power of the human–animal bond.

Ultimately, Pacelle points the way to a new humane economy––one not built on extraction, suffering, and killing, but on the celebration, stewardship, and care of animals. The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them is published by William Morrow and went on sale April 5.  

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org